Admissions FAQs

Does it matter how long ago my coursework was completed?
Do I have to complete all required coursework prior to submitting my application?
Can I use Advanced Placement (AP) credits to fulfill prerequisite courses?
What is the deadline for submitting GRE scores?
What is the deadline for taking the GRE?
My GRE scores are five years old. Do I need to retake the exam?
Where do I get an application for admission?
I applied last year. Do I need to submit a new application?
How do I establish residency?
Can I transfer to OSU's College of Vet Medicine from another vet school?
Is The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine the only vet school in Ohio?
Are Fall transcripts from the application year required for current applications?Where should I send my transcripts?
When are admissions decisions made?
Can I defer enrollment?
I have taken the GRE several times, do you combine the highest sections from each test for a total score?
What kind scholarships are available for veterinary students?
What is the class size?
Do Ohio applicants have a better chance of being accepted to OSU's CVM?
How will I know that you have received my VMCAS/Supplemental application? Does Ohio State offer a vet tech program?How do I know my college courses satisfy course requirements for veterinary school?Are my chances of admission to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine better if I attend Ohio State as an undergraduate and/or take required science courses there?How much veterinary experience is required?


Does it matter how long ago my coursework was completed?

Yes. Science prerequisite courses older than 10 years are not accepted. However, if you can prove advanced coursework or career use of the scientific information that supports your mastery of the content covered in the old courses, you may submit a petition to waive the requirement.

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Do I have to complete all required coursework prior to submitting my application?

No. You may take as many of the required courses during the Fall Semesterof the year in which you apply. However, you are only allowed to have one (1) required course remaining during Winter Qtr/Spring Semester of the year of matriculation.

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Can I use Advanced Placement (AP) credits to fulfill prerequisite courses?

In order to receive credit for AP courses, they must be listed on official transcripts from a college or university you have attended.

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What is the deadline for submitting GRE scores?

The test must be taken by September 30 and scores must received no later than October 15. You should request that ETS send the official GRE scores directly to us as soon as the test is taken.  The GRE Code is 1592.

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What is the deadline for taking the GRE?

September 30

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My GRE scores are five years old. Do I need to retake the exam?

Yes. We do not accept scores older than 5 years.

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Where do I get an application for admission?

Please visit the website of the Veterinary Medicine College Applicantion Service (VMCAS) website

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I applied last year. Do I need to resubmit a new application?

Yes. While we do keep applications on file for one year, reapplicants are required to submit new letters of recommendation. Reapplicants are welcome to use the same references from the previous application, however, the evaluations and letters must be new. Additionally, reapplicants are required to resubmit transcripts.

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How do I establish residency?

Out-of-State Applicants, once admitted, are eligible to apply for residency after the first year of attendance in our DVM program. Please contact the 
http://registrar.osu.edu/Residency/Guidelines.asp for more information as well as for other qualifications for establishing residency.

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Can I transfer to OSU's College of Vet Medicine from another vet school?

At this time we are not accepting transfer students.

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Is The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine the only vet school in Ohio?

Yes, we are the only veterinary college in Ohio.

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Are Fall transcripts from the application year required for current applicants?

No, applicants that are offered a seat are required to submit a final transcript. Please submit final transcripts to the Office of Professional Admissions by June 1st. Office of Professional Admissions, The Ohio State University, P. O. Box 182003, Columbus, OH 43218-2003

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Where should I send my transcripts?

Transcripts should be sent to AAVMC by September 1. For more information on transcripts, please visit http://aavmc.org/transcriptver.aspx.

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When are admissions decisions made?

Admissions decisions are made between December and April. No student is required to accept an offer of admission to any school prior to the national deadline date of April 15.

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Can I defer enrollment?

No.

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I have taken the GRE several times, do you combine the highest sections from each test for a total score?

Yes, we take the highest section from each test.  

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What kind scholarships are available for Veterinary students?

Students are considered for various scholarships once admitted.

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What is the class size?

We accept 162 new students each year.

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How will I know that you have received my VMCAS/Supplemental application?

After we receive your VMCAS application, you will receive an email link to the application.  The supplemental application is due a week after you receive the email link. If we are missing any materials, we will contact you via email.   

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Does Ohio State offer a vet tech program?

No, we do not. Locally, both Columbus State Community College and Bradford School offer vet tech programs.

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How do I know my college courses satisfy course requirements for veterinary school?

If you are taking pre-vet courses at the Ohio State University, refer to www.vet.osu.edu for a list of the required courses.

Common course standards for Ohio schools are posted here.

Professional Admissions at Ohio State offers free coursework evaluations for students attending other institutions to provide assistance in selecting and taking coursework that meets our prerequisite requirements. If you would like to request a prerequisite evaluation, please contact the OSU Professional Admissions Office at professional [at] osu [dot] edu or (614) 292-9444 or visit their website at http://professional.osu.edu.

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Are my chances of admission to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine better if I attend Ohio State as an undergraduate and/or take required science courses there?

No. You may attend any accredited college or university. We do not have preferred schools from which we select applicants. We do however, consider the overall educational quality of your college experience; your course load (full-time vs. part-time); continuity of program; challenge of the curriculum; employment during education, and so forth.

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How much veterinary experience is required?

We do not require any specific number of experience hours. Admitted applicants generally have around 1,000 hours of quality "hands-on" experience in the veterinary field. Please remember that the quality of your veterinary experience is more important than the quantity.  You are expected to have a realistic and appropriate perspective of the responsibilities of the veterinary profession. Your experience can be paid or volunteer. You want to be exposed to as many different aspects of the profession as possible. You may acquire experience by working with veterinarians in private practice, farms, ranches, animal shelters, zoos, aquaria, laboratories, etc.

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